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Bus Shelter Home For Friends

Two men have been living in a bus shelter along Jerusalem Road in Suva for the last three months, and they will not be moving any time soon.
19 Mar 2020 11:55
Bus Shelter Home For Friends
Jope Teimanoa, 47, and his friend at the bus shelter along Jerusalem Road in Suva. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Two men have been living in a bus shelter along Jerusalem Road in Suva for the last three months, and they will not be moving any time soon.

The two had previously been staying at the empty Jaycees Centre in Samabula before it was renovated and leased. Now they are back on the streets.

One of the two men, Jope Teimanoa, has been homeless for more than 20 years.

He believes the bus shelter is the safest place for him and his friend.

“We have been here for three months, maybe longer. This place is safe. When it rains, we do not get wet and we are not bothered by other people,” Mr Teimanoa said.

“For food, people stop by giving us money and sometimes food. Other times, I walk to nearby town areas and look for money.”

The two have placed cardboards on the seat, placed their belongings close to them and spend most of the day at the bus shelter.

Mr Teimanoa said he was on the streets after his parents had passed away, he was 21 years old then.

He is now 47.

He said he did not like staying with families. He claimed both he and his friend both have medical conditions and could not do hard physical work.

Ministry of Social Welfare director Rupeni Fatiaki had said that after profiling homeless people in Suva they had found that most were homeless by choice.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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